Beauty Therapy

L2 Level 2
Full Time
2 September 2024 — 21 June 2025
Barry Campus

About this course

Our VTCT Level 1 & 2 (PAL) Diploma in Beauty Therapy is aimed at those learners seeking to work and develop their skills in a commercial setting.  This qualification can only be delivered by colleges that have or have access to a ‘real ‘salon and not just a realistic working environment.  It includes all the required elements to work effectively as a beauty therapist including: 

Mandatory elements:

Assisting in the set-up of the salon and Beauty treatments 
Make up 
Enhancement of eyebrow and eyelashes; Eyebrow shaping, lash and brow tinting, false lashes, lash lifts and perms.
Anatomy and Physiology 
Health and Safety 
Cream and Spray Tanning 
Client Care 
Displaying Stock 

Further skills development:

Application of Number

What you will study

Students are expected to carry out treatments on each other in the class, models and paying clients for practise and assessments. Students will also have to undertake mandatory placement on five Saturday’s at the City Centre campus on a rota and two weeks of commercial work experience.

In addition to this, students will need to purchase a uniform, beauty kit, make up kit and text book (Approx. total of £500).

Course fee per year

Salon Fees: £30.00

Entry requirements

3 GCSEs Grades A* - D including English Language (or equivalent i.e. Key skills or work based qualifications). Alternatively, successful achievement of Level 1 (Beauty) and satisfactory reference from Course Tutor to indicate good behavior, attendance and progress OR prior learning and work experience.

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught in professional salons by experienced staff. There will be additional opportunities to undertake training with Elemis and other industry professionals.

There will be assignments, worksheets and online multi-choice question exams as well as practical assessments on clients.

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

2 September 2024

End date

21 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

20 hours per week


Barry Campus
Maps & directions

Course code



VTCT Level 2 Diploma in Beauty Specialist Techniques


What our students say

"l enjoy my course because it’s an actual real-life salon so there is real work experience and there are plenty of facilities here." 

Freya Rees
Former Level 2 and 3 Beauty student

Career prospects & further study


The industry generates almost £7.7billion for the UK Economy. NHF (2018).

This is a Level 1 & 2 course which is a professionally recognised qualification all over the world.  Students can progress to L3 Beauty Therapy or L3 Theatrical make up.

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Barry Campus
Barry Campus

Cardiff and Vale College,

Barry Campus,

Vale of Glamorgan,

CF62 8YJ